Metalcamp - 2009

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

What to say about DragonForce?
Just as with their countrymen in Napalm Death who had the stage just before them, DragonForce is a band which I have seen several times this year already, so there were no big surprises to be found here either.

At first, I must say that I was impressed by the sheer size of their backdrop, definitely the largest one I had seen all festival! (I realize this might seem as an odd remark, but it truly was impressively big).
For the first song, ZP Theart seemed to have some problems with his mic, and he was impossible to hear; luckily this mistake was quickly rectified, and the show could go on. I don’t know which song it was, but I know the chorus reminded me a lot of Freedom Call (a German power metal band). And that is probably my biggest problem with the band; if you remove the endless guitar-solos, their music just sounds very much like something that has already been several times over. And to be honest, the solos are simply not interesting enough to keep me listening. Sure, Herman Li and Sam Totman are peerless speedkings, but they have yet to compose even a single riff which will stay with me five minutes after they’ve gone off the stage.

Complaints aside, DragonForce are still, and have always been, a force to be reckoned with on a live-stage, and here they are the complete opposite their music; above and beyond almost any other band you could think of.
As usual, the wildest part of the show were the antics of Totman and keyboard/keytar playing Vadim Pruzhanov; although I think the latter should consider fixing the large ass-crack in his pants before making any more of those high jumps.
Theart tried to be in on the fun as well, by pretending to wank using a water-bottle, which content he then let fly over the poor photographers and a cheering audience. Not a trick which gives bonus-points by yours truly, but the crowd certainly liked it.

As always, I have a hard time telling one song from the other; although I’m pretty sure they at least played Heroes Of Our Time, Operation Ground And Pound and Fury Of The Storm. Ending the show was, as always, Through The Fire And Flames.

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